In order to continue to enjoy and sustain the lasting fruitful cooperation, peace, stability and Unity between Christians and Muslims in Ghana, it will be very prudent and ethically wise for the spokesperson of the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Aremeyaw Shuaib to desist from making unnecessary commentary on the establishment of the National Cathedral by the Christian Group of Churches in Ghana.
It is quite suicidal for Sheikh Aremeyaw to suggest that the proposed National Cathedral should have been an Inter-faith edifice. This statement is an insult to the Christian Community in Ghana.
According to the population statistics of Ghana, the Christian population is around 74.1% followed by Islam which is around 17.5%.
Inspite of this significant population difference between Christians and Muslims, no member of the Christian Community has ever suggested that the establishment of the National Mosque was unnecessary and should have been considered as Inter-faith edifice.
If a minority Muslim deserves a National Mosque how much more the Majority Christian Community?
The National Mosque of Muslims was built under the auspices of the Turkish Government supported by Ghana Government. In fact, Jerry John Rawlings led Government and John Mahama led Government significantly contributed to the establishment of the National Mosque. The land for the National Mosque at Kawukudi was freely given to the National Chief Imam by the Rawlings Government.
So what is wrong if President Akufo-Addo led Government aides the Christian Community to equally have access to free land for the establishment of the National Cathedral?
Ghana Government has been using taxpayers money to finance Muslims on their pilgrimage to Mecca(Hajj) but the Christian Community has been going on pilgrimage to the Holy land of Israel without the support of Ghana Government. However, the Christian Community of Ghana has never complained about Government support to Muslims on their pilgrimage to Mecca.
Sheikh Aremeyaw should better mind his own business. He should retract his statement and apologise accordingly to the Christian Community of Ghana for stating that the National Cathedral of Christians should have been considered as an Inter-faith edifice.
The statement of Sheikh Aremeyaw Shuaib is reckless, highly irresponsible, divisive and has the tendency to anger the Christian Community of Ghana.
Signed by Razak Kojo Opoku
(CVM Founder and President)